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Big Bear: Carter and Jonnier take slalom

Eric Carter and Sabrina Jonnier put on gated-racing clinics Saturday evening, grabbing convincing wins in the dual slalom at NORBA National No. 3 in Big Bear Lake, California. In the men’s bracket Carter (Mongoose-Hyundai) won every heat in the preliminary rounds, cruising into the finals, where he met up with Aussie Sam Hill. Hill had been the benefactor of some good fortune, getting past Steve Peat and Mick Hannah after both suffered mechanical issues. Peat had a problem with his front tire, while Hannah snapped his chain at the start of his first semifinal heat against Hill. That allowed

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Carter cruising.

Carter cruising.

Photo: Tom Moran

Eric Carter and Sabrina Jonnier put on gated-racing clinics Saturday evening, grabbing convincing wins in the dual slalom at NORBA National No. 3 in Big Bear Lake, California.

In the men’s bracket Carter (Mongoose-Hyundai) won every heat in the preliminary rounds, cruising into the finals, where he met up with Aussie Sam Hill. Hill had been the benefactor of some good fortune, getting past Steve Peat and Mick Hannah after both suffered mechanical issues. Peat had a problem with his front tire, while Hannah snapped his chain at the start of his first semifinal heat against Hill.

That allowed the reigning world junior downhill champion to advance to the finals against Carter, who blew past Mike King and Kirt Voreis in the later rounds to make the main. There it was all Carter in the first heat, as the 34-year-old American grabbed a 1.38-second advantage. In round two Carter had a bobble up top and nearly went down, but was able to right himself and limit the damage.

Jonnier has won three straight slaloms.

Jonnier has won three straight slaloms.

Photo: Tom Moran

“The final heat was the only race I lost all night,” said Carter, who’s now won three straight gravity races at Snow Summit Resort. He swept the mountain cross and downhill a year ago. “I love racing bikes. It doesn’t matter if it’s slalom or mountain cross.”

In the consolation round Hannah (Haro-adidas) easily dispatched Voreis (Santa Cruz Syndicate) to take third.

Meanwhile, Jonnier put on a performance worthy of her fellow Frenchwoman Anne-Caroline Chausson, easily beating American Tara Llanes (Giant-Pearl Izumi) in both finals heats.

Though better known for her downhill skills, Jonnier has taken quite a shine to slalom, winning at Sea Otter and the Sonoma NORBA before her victory at Big Bear.

“I think I am better when I race alone,” admitted Jonnier, about her preference of slalom over four-up racing. “If I crash it’s my fault, not because someone else bumped into me.”

In the women’s consolation round, Katrina Miller (Jamis) bested little-known Lisa Myklak, who advanced past No. 2 qualifier Jill Kintner (Yeti), who was disqualified for a gate barge.

Pro racing in Southern California concludes Sunday with a marathon, the men’s and women’s short track and downhill mania.

Race note
Americans Mark Weir and Marla Streb each took wins in the pro super D race, held just before the start of the cross-country. Weir (WTB-Santa Cruz) took the hybrid-format race, which started Le Mans style, followed by a quick climb, and a mad-dash descent to the ski area’s base, with a time of seven minutes flat, 31 seconds better than Kirk Desmond (WTB). Streb (Luna) posted a 7:12, far ahead of Melissa Mille-Gerke, who finished in 8:46.

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Results

NORBA NATIONAL SERIES NO. 3; BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIFORNIA; MAY 21-23; DUAL SLALOM; MEN: 1. Eric Carter, Mongoose-Hyundai; 2. Sam Hill (Aus), Iron Horse-MadCatz; 3. Mick Hannah (Aus), Haro-adidas; 4. Kirt Voreis, Santa Cruz Syndicate


WOMEN: 1. Sabrina Jonnier (F), Intense; 2. Tara Llanes, Giant-Pearl Izumi; 3. Katrina Miller (Aus), Jamis; 4. Lisa Myklak